For business days, I see both 'work day' and 'working day'. Which one is correct? Also asking between 'work hours' vs 'working hours'.

Context: I have 5 work/working/business days. My work/working/business hours are 7 per day.

  • You have to give us the context. Ideally, you would give us a sentence so we can see exactly what you're trying to express. – aparente001 Jun 18 at 5:11

In general, a work day is a day on which you work, while the working day is that part of the day when you're at work: "my work days are Monday to Friday: at the end of the working day I go straight home to dinner".

Working hours can be used to be more specific: "working hours are 9-5". A total number of working hours per day is often used in flexible working systems with core hours, i.e. hours when everyone is expected to be in: "working hours: 37.5 per week, core hours 10-4" (typical in a job specification). Work hours isn't as common but means the same.

Business hours, as the name suggests, apply to the business rather than its staff, like opening hours for a shop; they are likely to be longer than any individual's working hours.

Some of this may be biased towards British usage, but not intentionally.

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    In BrE, a "work day" is not a common phrase in my impression, whereas "working day" is mostly used to mean equally "a day on which work is done/business conducted" and "the hours in a day during which work is done", with context determining the appropriate meaning. – Steve Jun 18 at 8:17
  • I get in trouble when I say why I downvote, but I still can't bring myself not to say why I do so. (1) 'Some of this may be biased towards British usage, but not intentionally.' screams of opinion rather than sound analysis. (2) Dictionaries give entries for 'workday' and 'working day', and show that usages are inconsistent. The question should give these, never mind any answer. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 18 at 9:07
  • @EdwinAshworth the key here is usage which dictionaries do a poor job of capturing due to limited space - and if they did it would be general refernce. I can make allowances as best I can but place a warning in there. I know we've come at this from opposite viewpoints in the past, and I don't mind the disagreement on that basis. But I would like to see if you know of a dictionary that captures this much detail. – Chris H Jun 18 at 9:26
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    @feynman, it's not clear cut, so yes you can, and you'd be understood perfectly. Without carrying out a survey, it appears less common, and it seems less natural to me. – Chris H Jun 18 at 12:06
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    @ChrisH, you don't normally need to define the working days of the week, but you often need to define how many working days something takes - such as "cheques clear in three working days". – Steve Jun 18 at 14:16

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